Pat’s Bits & Pieces- Summer is slipping away…

Pat Maurer,
Review Correspondent

Summer, according to the Maurer calendar, is almost over again.

I know, it is only August 2, but you know there’s only four weeks left until Labor Day weekend. Then school starts again. You know what that means – fall!

The Maurer calendar isn’t quite the same as the ones we hang up on the wall, but any way you look at it; doesn’t summer really start on Memorial Day weekend and end up on Labor Day?

Nice weather after that is a real bonus in this part of Michigan. It could snow about anytime!

It certainly has been an unusual summer. Gardens, although late this year, are growing like mad with the periodic rain we have had. The corn is getting tall again.

Our oppressive heat wave in July has given way to cooler temperatures, mostly in the 70s again. And that sure beats those hot and humid 90s we were suffering through.

The fair in Isabella County is over again and the Clare County Fair winds up another festive year tomorrow.
Summer never seems to last nearly long enough. Our vacation week is over and once again we are busy, busy. Seems like June, July and August are over before they really get a good start and it is just about impossible to get everything that you want to do – done. Funny, I always thought that I would have loads of time after I sold the paper…
One of the ways we cope with this type of a schedule is by making lists. Well actually I make lists. Jack just grumbles about finding enough time to do his outdoor stuff.

I make lists! I have lists of things to do today, lists of things to do this week, things I need to do when I get a little extra time and things I would like to be able to do sometime…

Of course it helps to be organized and we all know that just isn’t one of my special talents – sometimes I lose my lists! So, I have post it notes all over and a planner that I am always meaning to use. Actually it ends up as my address book rather than a planner. And although the lists can work, sometimes I lose the notes or forget to look at them!

Anyway, for a few more short weeks, it is still summer. It may not be hot, but it has been beautiful outside nearly every day, and even if the summer crops are running a bit late, there’s still at least 30 more days until the trees start showing a bit of color again.

Then I can start my “countdown to Christmas.”

And since I just love to make lists, I am once again making one for fun to last for the rest of this wonderful summer season. Before the snow flies, I would like to:

*ride the lawn mower. I can’t mow because of the allergies, but I could buzz around the yard anyway.
*walk in the morning. I haven’t been doing this and it is one of the things I love best about this time of year.
*sit in the shade and inhale the aroma of roses in bloom. Nothing smells quite as sweet in August.
*relax on the steps at the river’s edge and dangle my feet in the water.
*have my morning coffee on the porch and listen to the birds wake up.
*spend an afternoon on the porch watching the birds vie for seed and the hummingbirds fight over a drink at their feeder.
*lie on a blanket outside on a clear night and watch the stars until you can feel the earth turning beneath you.
*go berry picking and eat it all before you come home.
*watch the sun set over a lake with a storm coming.
*watch a thunderstorm from start to finish – from the relative safety of the porch of course.
*watch heat lightning dance across the night sky.
*take a canoe trip down the river on a warm sunny morning with a picnic lunch.
*roast hot dogs and marshmallows over a campfire and sit around that fire talking with friends until the wee hours.
*cook at least three meals a week on the grill outside.
*go fishing.

The more I think about it the longer this particular list gets. I don’t have to worry about losing it either – I have it memorized.

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